While the post on DCMetroCentric may be dated April first, the award is real. Frank Gehry has been selected to design the Eisenhower Memorial in Eisenhower Square (in front of the Dept. of Education). Gehry’s last attempt at a DC structure was the extension to the Corcoran Gallery and School, which was very similar in feeling and shape to some of his more famous recent works, including the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
In this author’s not so humble opinion, thank God that abomination was never approved for construction. In recent years, Frank Gehry has made it his standard procedure to go from city and city and effectively sign his name on each city’s respective urban fabric. These become less objects and monuments to their clients and more so to the architect himself. For Architecture is, or more so should be, a matter of contextual design, especially in a monumental city such as DC.
I will reserve final judgement on the memorial until the design is made public, as some of Gehry’s immediately recent work has moved away from the post-car-wreck-in-titanium look of his exteriors from most of the 90s and aughts. But if it ends up a monument to Gehry as opposed to Eisenhower, I say we send in the 101st Airborne to secure the area. They’ve got a good track record against juggernauts.
More information: Eisenhower Memorial Commission